About Buddakan - Atlantic City

1 Atlantic Ocean
Atlantic City, NJ 08401
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Buddakan has been called “a temple of modern Asian cuisine.” But it’s also a testament to the possibilities of inspired design. Upon entering, the first thing one sees is the surreal Asian garden surrounded by multi-level archways and 25-foot trees that seem to grow through rocks, footbridges and the ceiling itself. The dramatic atmosphere and enchanting karma is enhanced by the presence of a gigantic Golden Buddha that watches over the entire restaurant from a head of a 24-foot communal dining room table. The menu portrays an innovative interpretation of Asian Cuisine that matches the ambience in terms of creativity, inspiration and its capacity to satisfy. A delectably imaginative fusion of Chinese, French and Asian styles that results in dishes that exotic yet comforting – all prepared with perfectionist attention to the smallest detail.
Buddakan’s spectacular yet dreamlike ambience adds a new dimension to the array of destinations at the Pier at Ceasars.

Dining Style:
Casual Elegant

Cuisines:
Asian

Hours of Operation:
Mon – Thurs
Lunch 12noon – 3:30pm
Dinner 5:00pm – 10:00pm

Fri and Sat
Dinner All Day 12noon – 11:00pm

Sunday
Dinner all day 12noon – 10:00pm

Happy Hour Sunday through Friday 3:00pm until 6:00pm (in the bar area only)


**HOLIDAY HOURS**
Christmas Eve: Dinner Only, Served 12pm-10pm
Christmas Day: Dinner Only, Served 5pm-10pm
New Year's Day: Dinner All Day, Served 12pm-10pm

Cross Street:
Arkansas & Boardwalk

Dress Code:
Business Casual

Price Range:
$31 to $50

Payment Options
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(609) 674-0100

Website:
http://www.buddakanac.com/

Catering:
With delectable cuisine and stellar service, Stephen STARR Events brings the experiences of the wildly successful STARR Restaurants to the world of catering. “Re-inventing” the traditional event, Stephen STARR Events prepares unique chef-driven creations as well as signature selections from the restaurants with menus tailored to each client. For more information on full-service catering for small and large private, social and corporate functions, as well as, quick-service options, please contact Stephen STARR Events at 215.923.2675.

Parking Details:
Please Park in the Caesars Parking Lot. We provide $ 5 parking vouchers.

Executive Chef:
Nery Hernandez

Private Party Facilities:
Please call for details.

Private Party Contact:
Cara Rice: 609-271-0549 x

Additional:
Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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4.6

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4.6

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4.7

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Moderate

97% would recommend it to a friend

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food5
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service5
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not traditional but better

Dined 3 days ago

My wife and I love asian cuisine...this is not traditional asian cuisine however it is better. The plates are distinct, different and very imaginative. They are all beautifully presented and extremely tasty. The approach to sharing plates served as they come and family style makes for great conversation and a very enjoyable evening meal. The food is great, the service outstanding, the atmosphere is unique and what more can one ask. A great evening for any reason.

Tags: fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion
food5
ambience5
service5
value5

Awesome!

Dined 4 days ago

We have been to your restaurant many a times in the past and looking forward to our visit again !! Your menu is awesome and the perfectly prepared delicious food to go with it!! The consistency and quality of the food has always been the reason we keep coming back!! Loved it once again!!.

Tags: fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, late-night find, hot spot, notable wine list
food4
ambience5
service5
value4

pleasantly surprised

Dined on April 25, 2016

This Atlantic City restaurant was a very pleasant surprise. The dishes were prepared well and we were given ample servings. The ambience is suitable for special location or just a normal dinner. We were provided excellent service as well.

Tags: good for groups, romantic, special occasion
food5
ambience4
service5
value4

We were celebrating my boyfriends birthd ...

Dined on April 24, 2016

We were celebrating my boyfriends birthday. We had Jordan as a server. He was awesome and made the experience ever better! Food was fabulous. Just an all around great time!

Tags: fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, late-night find, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
food5
ambience5
service5

Everything at this restaurant was amazi ...

Dined on April 23, 2016

Everything at this restaurant was amazing. Filet mignon, sea bass, dumplings, pad Thai... simply perfect.

food5
ambience5
service5
value4

Loved again

Dined on April 23, 2016

I went with my daughter for the second time . We loved it last year so we decided to return. The appetizers were delicious, specifically the pork and shrimp dumplings. I had the pork for the main dish. The meat was tender and cooked perfectly . I was not a huge fan of the Chinese broccoli it was served over. I found it to be quite tough and stringy. We ordered the zen -full donuts for dessert which were amazing!

Tags: fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
food5
ambience5
service5

Buddakan is always a great experience. O ...

Dined on April 21, 2016

Buddakan is always a great experience. On our most recent visit, we tried the tasting menu for the first time and are glad that we did. Also, the specialty cocktails are worth a try in my experience

food5
ambience4
service5
value5

Get the Chef’s Tasting Menu

Dined on April 17, 2016

This was our first time at the restaurant and there was so much I wanted to try that getting the Chef’s Tasting Menu for Two made sense. For $60 per person we each got an appetizer with three items, a large Asian Caesar salad to share, three entrees to share and three desserts to share. The highlights included the Wasabi Filet (melt in your mouth and not an overpowering wasabi flavor) and the Sea Bass (wonderful teriyaki flavor). My husband loved the dumplings and I loved the edamame ravioli for appetizers. We absolutely agreed on the entrees but hubby wasn’t a dessert fan. I personally loved the banana dessert and the crème brule (the donuts had a weird filling we didn’t dig). The menu also included free espresso, coffee or tea which complimented the dessert offerings. It was a quiet night during the week but our waitress was great. I didn’t love my first drink and they were quick to replace it for free (once I reminded them to take it off the bill). This was more than enough food for two people and most was really delicious. Great first introduction to the menu and would love to go back.

Tags: fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion
food5
ambience5
service5
value5

Great dinner always a good meal

Dined on April 16, 2016

Visited AC for a couples weekend and scheduled our dinner for Saturday night at Buddakan. The food was great the drinks were just as great especially when sharing the experience with good friends.

Tags: fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, hot spot
food5
ambience5
service5
value5

Buddakan Atlantic City is Tops

Dined on April 16, 2016

We prefer Buddakan in Atlantic City over the original Philadelphia location. The food has been consistently better and we are always able to score an opium den. We are willing to add an hour and a half to our drive for an always outstanding meal. The only problem is that we always order too much.

Tags: fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, late-night find, hot spot
food5
ambience5
service5
value4

Birthday Bliss

Dined on April 11, 2016

My girlfriend and I came back here after enjoying the restaurant 2 years ago. We were not disappointed! From the flavor filled creative clack tails to the decadent brand new dessert menu we were giddy. Our waiter was very helpful in assisting us navigating through menu items we weren't sure if we're for us. We had an abundance of food. 3 dim sum orders- Edamame ravioli and the Shrimp dumplings were our favorite. Everything was cooked to perfection and presented beautifully. The only reason I didn't give 5 stars overall is the high cost of our total bill. With 4 drinks, 3 appetizers, 2 meals and two desserts- our bill for 2 people was over $200. I believe for the portion sizes of the apps/ dim sum, they could have been less costly. Otherwise all around amazing!!

Tags: fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, hot spot
food4
ambience5
service5

Return trip after New Years Eve dinner w ...

Dined on April 10, 2016

Return trip after New Years Eve dinner which was surprisingly fabulous with how jammin it was. No nightly specials which disappointed my husband. Server was very helpful.

food5
ambience5
service5

Contemporary Asian hotspot. Great decor, ...

vip
Dined on April 10, 2016

Contemporary Asian hotspot. Great decor, creative food presentation. Decent sake list. Good for romantic dinner or a group get together.

food4
ambience4
service5

The service was excellent. We had an enj ...

Dined on April 5, 2016

The service was excellent. We had an enjoyable lunch.

food5
ambience5
service5

We loved the place, ending up going two ...

Dined on April 2, 2016

We loved the place, ending up going two nights in a row. We will visit again!

food5
ambience5
service5
value5

Soooo Good

Dined on April 2, 2016

Wonderful food! Perfectly prepared Steak! I like rare steak and I appreciate when my steak is properly cooked!! Great job Buddakan!!! Our waiter was a delight! A wonderful night :)

Tags: fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, hot spot
food5
ambience5
service5
value5

A Special Place

Dined on April 1, 2016

Always a good time and great, fresh food at this restaurant! Drinks are fun and delicious, too.

Tags: fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion
food3
ambience4
service4
value3

A nice night out.

Dined on April 1, 2016

I'd call this hi quality asian, but don't expect gourmet. A pleasant atmosphere. Knowledgeable, friendly bar staff. Good service. As far as the food goes, it was very good, but I wouldn't rate it much higher than what you get from a really good Chinese/Japanese restaurant.

Tags: romantic, special occasion, hot spot
food2
ambience4
service1

Service was horrible, food was just ok! ...

Dined on March 29, 2016

Service was horrible, food was just ok! Our waiter had 2 tables and my drink was empty for 10 minutes unexceptionable in a fine restaurant. The food took forever to come out which never happens in the Philadelphia Buddakan. I ordered cappuccino with our desert, the cappuccino came out 15 minutes after I was done eating my desert would had canceled the cappuccino but couldn't find our waiter. This was a Tuesday night so the place was empty so no excuse that it was busy! This was my bday dinner so I was very disappointed.

food5
ambience5
service5
value5

One of the best restaurants in AC. Highl ...

Dined on March 28, 2016

One of the best restaurants in AC. Highly recommend to all !!!

Tags: fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
food1
ambience2
service3
value1

Not what we expected

Dined on March 27, 2016

The food was not good and very overpriced!!! We were starving when we left!

food5
ambience5
service5
value5

Big-zero birthday dinner was really special

Dined on March 24, 2016

My sister took me here for my 60th birthday dinner followed by a show at Borgata afterwards. We were on a schedule and we were seated right away and the server was terrific at bringing everything at the right time. We had the tasting menu and everything was FANTASTIC! Loved the sea bass and the ravioli. I had the Harmony drink which was refreshing. Would definitely go back if I get the chance.

Tags: fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot, notable wine list
food5
ambience5
service5

Beautiful atmosphere and gorgeous decor! ...

Dined on March 24, 2016

Beautiful atmosphere and gorgeous decor! Food was amazing, would go back in a heartbeat!

food5
ambience5
service5

The decor stood out to me the most as we ...

Dined on March 19, 2016

The decor stood out to me the most as well as the food. However, being allergic to shellfish, I wasn't able to choose from much options. For example, the duck fish contained oyster sauce. Therefore, I had to choose another meal.

food4
ambience4
service4
value4

A wonderful dinner engagement

Dined on March 19, 2016

Fabulous food by a great chef... Our waitress was extremely attentive... We will certainly entertain dinner here again.

Tags: good for groups, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot
food3
ambience3
service3

The food was ok. The waitress was not as ...

Dined on March 19, 2016

The food was ok. The waitress was not as attentive as I would expect for a $300 dinner for four. It's fine--but I wouldn't choose to return. That being said, my drinks were good.

food5
ambience5
service5
value4

A must in AC

Dined on March 17, 2016

Always a great meal and service. Items are intended to be shared. Desserts are a must after a great meal.

Tags: fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, hot spot, notable wine list
food5
ambience5
service5
value4

yum

Dined on March 13, 2016

this place was an awesome spot for an anneversary and the waitress (i forget her name) went out of her way to make our time memorable. the fantastic food and the ambiance was perfect.

Tags: good for groups, romantic, special occasion
food4
ambience5
service5

Menù selections are great. Plates are pr ...

Dined on March 13, 2016

Menù selections are great. Plates are professionally presented and food quality is superior. Would recommend and will probably go back.

food5
ambience5
service5
value5

Great Restaurant

Dined on March 12, 2016

Booked a mini bachelor party dinner & we had a blast. Great variety on menu & helpful,friendly staff

Tags: fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, hot spot
food4
ambience4
service5
value3

Good Time

vip
Dined on March 12, 2016

It was my first time at Buddakan and we enjoyed the experience; the only thing was that the apps were too small but otherwise it was great.

Tags: fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
food5
ambience5
service5
value4

Does it Get Better?

Dined on March 12, 2016

Yes it DOES. They changed the presentation of some items and it quite a success. The Edamame Ravioli has a great new look and more edamame in the dish. The sashimi though a little pricey was excellent. Wagyu satay very tasty. Pan seared Sea Bass and Wasabi crusted Filet Mignon as tender as can be and cooked perfectly. Excellent selection of wine by the glass. Two items to note. Except for main dishes, appetizers and dim sum will not fill you up, nor are they meant to. The flavors and quality are meant to enhance your main menu selection. The other is although the tables for Two appear large they cannot accommodate more than 2 plates at a time and food comes to table when ready. So I recommend ordering 1-2 apps/dim sum at a time, keep the menu close, order when ready for next delicious item and enjoy the Fantastic experience of Buddakan. PS. This is how I overcame the rushed feeling during last visit and review. Slow the pace down and enjoy.

Tags: romantic, special occasion, hot spot
food5
ambience5
service5

We got the tasting menu for 2. So much d ...

Dined on March 12, 2016

We got the tasting menu for 2. So much delicious food! ZenGria was yummy too ! Loved the atmosphere Our server was so helpful and always close by when needed. Looking forward to revisiting

food5
ambience5
service5

Shared the Cantonese shrimp and chicken ...

vip
Dined on March 12, 2016

Shared the Cantonese shrimp and chicken spring rolls, shrimp Lo mein and pepper steak beef with my boyfriend. We thought everything was terrific and the service was great! Delicious.

food5
ambience5
service5

Buddakan is my absolute favorite spot to ...

Dined on March 12, 2016

Buddakan is my absolute favorite spot to dine and grab a cocktail in Atlantic City. The food is delicious. The ambiance is unique and enjoyable. The staff is always accommodating and friendly. I highly recommend this restaurant.

food5
ambience5
service5
value5

It's always a great experience!!!

Dined on March 12, 2016

The food is always amazing! My daughter and I have celebrated our bdays several times and it's always a great experience!!! The service is exceptional!

Tags: good for groups, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot
food5
ambience5
service5
value5

The food was amazing, cooked to perfection.

Dined on March 11, 2016

Best meal ever, steak cooked perfectly medium rare, both parties loved it. Sea bass was perfect, with fresh veggies yummy. I recommend this place for everyone to try, you will not be disappointed.

Tags: kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot, notable wine list
food5
ambience5
service5

Great evening helped by a fantastic menu ...

Dined on March 11, 2016

Great evening helped by a fantastic menu, great drinks, and great service. Would definitely go back!

food5
ambience5
service5

Awesome food! Great restaurant week menu ...

Dined on March 11, 2016

Awesome food! Great restaurant week menu.

food5
ambience5
service5
value4

Brought my dinner club friends to Buddak ...

Dined on March 11, 2016

Brought my dinner club friends to Buddakan during Restaurant Week so they could experience it. I have been to Buddakan on several occasions and have always had a great experience. My friend are skeptics, they like to stick to "tried & true" restaurants in our area, however, Buddakan did not disappoint! Everyone had a great time. Our Server was funny and pleasant and the food was outstanding! We will be back soon!

Tags: fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion

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